CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Josiah Wallace scored 24 points and Eastern Illinois beat SIU-Edwardsville 84-81 in overtime on Saturday, keeping the Panthers perfect in four OT games this season.
Wallace’s 3-pointer early in overtime snapped a tie and Rade Kukobat added two free throws on the same possession after Christian Ellis was called for a flagrant foul underneath. Aboubacar Diallo’s putback with 56 seconds left gave EIU an 83-76 lead. Tyreese Williford made five free throws from there to get SIUE within two with seven seconds remaining but Mack Smith added a free throw for EIU and Williford’s off-balance 3-point try was off at the buzzer.
Two free throws by Wallace in the final minute of regulation sent the game into overtime at 66-all.
Shareef Smith added 14 points and Mack Smith 10 for the Panthers (9-6, 2-0 Ohio Valley), who have won three straight. Diallo had five blocks, including two late in overtime.